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Supreme Court gun rights decision is a major blow to firearms activists (Report)

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The recent Supreme Court gun rights decision is seen by analysts as a major loss for gun rights activists who argue that the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the right to keep and bear arms, supersedes any state or local law. On Monday, The Associated Press explained that the Supreme Court let stand New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home.

CNN also shared insight on the Supreme Court gun rights decision and their report stated that the justices without comment let stand a state law which mandates that local police and a judge first approve such gun permits. As explained by The Christian Science Monitor, the law defines justifiable need as “the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

Some NJ residents labeled the law as being unconstitutional and four gun owners in the state, backed by 19 states and several advocacy groups, insist that the measure is a violation of their Second Amendment rights.

The outcome made it clear that the Second Amendment is binding and "applies equally to both the federal government and the states."As explained by some correspondents, the decision represents a boost to efforts to reduce the role of firearms in American life.

The right to bear arms has been one of the issues that have created divisions in the social, political and legal level in the United States. An estimated 90 million people in the U.S. have about 200 million guns. It is estimated that the country has the highest rate of gun ownership by civilians in the world. Gun deaths have averaged 80 per day, including 34 killings, according to U.S. government statistics.

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